The rugged-looking VW Beetle Dune is on sale now, priced from £21,300
31 March 2016

The Volkswagen Beetle Dune is now on sale, priced from £21,300 in coupé guise and £24,255 in convertible form.

Read our review of the Volkswagen Beetle Dune

At launch the Dune is available with two engines: a 103bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and a 148bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel. Gearbox choices include a six-speed manual as standard and an optional six or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Originally unveiled as a concept at the 2014 Detroit motor show, the Beetle Dune receives more rugged-looking styling, an increased ride height and larger wheels and tyres than standard versions of the second-generation modern-day Beetle, all in a bid to give it similar appeal to Volkswagen’s dedicated off-road models.

Read our first drive of the VW Beetle Dune prototype

Yet despite the off-roader-inspired design touches, the new model will be sold exclusively with front-wheel drive. This is due to the lack of a four-wheel drive option for the Beetle, which is produced at Volkswagen’s Puebla plant in Mexico.

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Among the styling changes is a reworked front bumper featuring a prominent trapezoidal-shaped central air duct, a silver plastic bash plate and an additional air duct below the leading edge of the bonnet, as well as revised indicator units and round foglights set within black plastic elements either side. 

Farther back, the Beetle Dune receives black plastic cladding within the wheel houses, a feature which serves to increase the width of the body by 14mm. There are also more prominent sills, decals along the lower sections of the doors and rear wing panel and new 18in wheels shod with 235/45 tyres.

The rear is distinguished from that of the standard Beetle by a spoiler mounted below the rear window, unique LED tail-light graphics and a restyled bumper featuring a silver plastic bash plate within the lower valance panel.

To further enhance the car's appearance, Volkswagen has introduced respective 6mm and 7mm increases to the front and rear tracks through the adoption of new wheel carriers. The ride height has also been bumped up by 10mm, providing the Dune with greater ground clearance than the standard Beetle.

Inside, the main dashboard panel, door shoulders, piping and stitching on the seats and the stitching on the steering and various control surrounds are all finished in the same colour as the exterior.  

The Beetle Dune commands a hefty premium over the standard Beetle, which starts at £16,275 in hatchback form, rising to £26,345 in its most comprehensively equipped cabriolet guise. 

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17 November 2015
pretty dull, ordinary and staid looking cars can still show it has a (small) sense of humour and build the Beetle at all, let alone a beefed up version. Given the current (and future) financial woes faced by VW, I'm also surprised they can justify building such a niche model as the Beetle Dune. Anyway, I think it's great. I'd have one. About time Citroen offered up a modern 2cv...

17 November 2015
This is the first post scandal VW review I have read that makes no mention of Dieselgate. Whilst I doubt VW will go bankrupt, their reputation is in tatters and the whole saga hangs like a cloud over whatever new cars they launch, not matter how fancy.

17 November 2015
Quattro369..I work in a VW retailer and we had a record October !! Our market share was ahead of Ford.
So..actions (buying of cars) speak louder than your words ! And let's not forget Toyota's recall woes in 2009 and Vauxhall's recent 'fire hazard' recall.Whilst people buy cars with MPG and Co2 in mind these are not the key purchase factors..they buy them because they like the cars and like how they drive !

Borabora2

18 November 2015
ScottpolocoupeS wrote:

Quattro369..I work in a VW retailer and we had a record October !! Our market share was ahead of Ford.
So..actions (buying of cars) speak louder than your words ! And let's not forget Toyota's recall woes in 2009 and Vauxhall's recent 'fire hazard' recall.Whilst people buy cars with MPG and Co2 in mind these are not the key purchase factors..they buy them because they like the cars and like how they drive !

actually +13 Like.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

20 November 2015
ScottpolocoupeS wrote:

Quattro369..I work in a VW retailer and we had a record October !! Our market share was ahead of Ford.
So..actions (buying of cars) speak louder than your words ! And let's not forget Toyota's recall woes in 2009 and Vauxhall's recent 'fire hazard' recall.Whilst people buy cars with MPG and Co2 in mind these are not the key purchase factors..they buy them because they like the cars and like how they drive !

I doubt that the 'emissions scandal' will have a significant impact ultimately on VW's reputation or sales figures. My beef with the company is that they showed so little respect for their customers in deliberately misleading them in the first place (I doubt that Toyota and Vauxhall's issues were intentional), and that they spent nearly two years denying they'd done anything wrong, only finally coming clean when the US threatened to prevent them selling any more cars there.

IAD

17 November 2015
Herbie on steriods!

17 November 2015
Indeed surprising that they would dig this up given that the Beetle is now well into its lifespan. It was, in my view, a flawed and needlessly retro design anyway, with its bolt-on 1930s wings. VW have so far missed the opportunity to present an ultra-modern car that shows evolution from its shared Porsche 356/911 heritage. The future, I believe, is in combining the Beetle and Scirocco into one Porsche-designed or inspired small 4 seater coupe and convertible, with further variants as markets dictate.

17 November 2015
rmcondo wrote:

VW have so far missed the opportunity to present an ultra-modern car that shows evolution from its shared Porsche 356/911 heritage. The future, I believe, is in combining the Beetle and Scirocco into one Porsche-designed or inspired small 4 seater coupe and convertible, with further variants as markets dictate.

I believe the Audi TT, at least in its purist first generation iteration, fits the bill.

18 November 2015
"due to the lack of a four-wheel drive option for the Beetle". Considering it's based on the previous Golf/A3/Octavia/Leon etc platform, 4WD could have been made available for the Beetle Dune.

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